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old school

advocates or supporters of established custom or of conservatism:
a military man of the old school.
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old-school, adjective Unabridged
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  • It was the apology of the old school for the new era of sport.

  • The "gentleman of the old school" did not answer immediately.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • All had been, for half an hour, in the remote state of New York with this genial railroading pirate of the old school.

    The Road Builders Samuel Merwin
  • One of the old school, but not the less delightful to you and me.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • But its going to be mighty hard to pull out of the old school.

    Deering of Deal Latta Griswold
British Dictionary definitions for old school

old school

(mainly Brit) a school formerly attended by a person
a group of people favouring traditional ideas or conservative practices
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old school


From an early time, favoring traditional ways; retro or vintage: old school fraternity hazings/ strictly old school

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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